KENT, Wash. — An 18-year-old man is fighting for his life after he was shot at a popular shopping center in Kent.
The shooting happened just before 1 p.m. Monday, a busy time at Kent Station. But Kent police say they haven't found anyone who saw the shooting.
An off-duty firefighter saw the victim fall and rushed over to give him aid. The situation kept Kent Station shut down for hours.
Chopper 7 was overhead in the moments soon after the shooting at Kent Station. A shoe and a jacket marked the spot where it happened, right outside Hairmasters, not far from the bathrooms.
"All we know is there was a shooting," said Assistant Chief Derek Kammerzell, Kent police. "The other involved parties are not at the scene right now." Kammerzell said they have very little to go on.
"We don't know how many were involved," Kammerzell said. "We don't have anyone confirmed as suspects."
Investigators put a drone in the sky looking for evidence from up above and had an ATF evidence dog sniffing for leads on the ground.
Investigators seemed to take particular interest in a red Ford Focus that was still in the parking lot.
"We saw a couple of policemen running down that way," said Paul Pankow of Kent. "But that's all we ever saw."
Pankow and his family members were leaving a restaurant unaware of the shooting, until they were told.
"Here today?" Pankow asked. "Getting in my car, we're out of here. No we didn't hear anything, see anything. The whole family, seven of us, were in lunch."
"Oh, my goodness," said his brother, Phil. "No, we were having lunch in the restaurant. It's frightening."
The victim was shot twice, in the abdomen and in the arm. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he is in serious condition.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 911, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the Kent Police tip line 253-856-5808.
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